Eric Schmitt

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Eric Schmitt
State Senator
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 7, 2009
Preceded by Michael R. Gibbons
Glendale, Missouri Alderman
In office
2005–2008
Personal details
Born (1975-06-20) June 20, 1975 (age 39)
Bridgeton, Missouri, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jaime Schmitt; 3 children
Alma mater Truman State University
St. Louis University School of Law
Profession Lawyer
Religion Roman Catholic
Website Official Website

Eric S. Schmitt (born June 20, 1975) is a Republican member of the Missouri Senate, representing the 15th senate district since 2009. He previously served as an Alderman for Glendale, Missouri from 2005 to 2008.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Bridgeton, Missouri, Schmitt is a lifelong resident of St. Louis County. He graduated from DeSmet Jesuit High School in 1993 and from Truman State University in 1997, where he earned a B.A. cum laude in political science.

At Truman, Schmitt was a member of the Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity, played football and baseball, and was a founding member of Truman’s Habitat for Humanity chapter. He received a scholarship to attend St. Louis University School of Law, where he earned his J.D. in 2000. Schmitt was an editor of the law review and published an article analyzing the Supreme Court decision in Clinton v. New York.[1]

Personal life and legal career[edit]

Schmitt was admitted to the Missouri bar in 2000. He is a partner at the firm Lathrop & Gage, LLP, in Clayton, Missouri, where he focuses on land use, real estate, business disputes, and administrative appeals. In his community, he has been an active member of the boards for DeSmet Jesuit High School, Nurses for Newborns Foundation, St. Louis Crisis Nursery, and a Parents as Teachers Program. He had previously been elected chairman of the Young Lawyer Section Council of the Missouri Bar, led a statewide Giving Tree effort to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, and created a Special Needs Advocacy Task Force. He has also been involved with the TS (Tuberous Sclerosis) Alliance, the Gateway Chapter of the Autism Society of America, Habitat for Humanity, and local Chambers of Commerce.[2]

Political career[edit]

Schmitt served as an alderman for Glendale, Missouri, from 2005 to 2008. On November 4, 2008, Schmitt was elected to the Missouri Senate. When sworn in, Schmitt became one of the youngest member ever to serve in the state's upper chamber. He represents the 15th senatorial district, which includes all or parts of Affton, Shrewsbury, Grantwood Village, Webster Groves, Glendale, Warson Woods, Oakland, Crestwood, Kirkwood, Valley Park, Fenton, Twin Oaks, Manchester, and Ballwin.

Schmitt's priorities include economic development, increasing access to affordable and portable healthcare, promoting government transparency, and ensuring quality education for all Missouri students. In his first year in office, Schmitt successfully pushed legislation that established the MO HealthNet (Medicaid) Data Transparency Program, which created a web portal allowing all Missourians to see what providers charge for their services with just a click of a mouse. Schmitt also sponsored and passed a state constitutional amendment to make the St. Louis County Assessor an elected position so that voters have a more accountable and transparent property assessment process. The amendment was overwhelmingly approved by St. Louis County and Missouri voters in November 2010. Schmitt further advocated for government transparency by successfully pushing legislation to give taxpayers greater online access to more information about their property reassessments. He also sponsored a bill to require additional notice to the public before local governments can vote on tax increases, eminent domain, tax increment financing, or certain projects receiving public funding.

In 2009, the Missouri House of Representatives failed to pass a Senate-approved bill regarding autism insurance reform. In response, Schmitt helped to organize a series of statewide public awareness events and rallies, building a grassroots effort to push for reform.[3]

During the 2010 session, both chambers approved autism insurance reform with large bipartisan majorities. Beginning in 2011, Schmitt became a member of Senate Leadership when his colleagues elected him as Majority Caucus Secretary. He also assumed the chairmanship of the Senate Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and Local Government. That year, he passed a bill phasing out Missouri's franchise tax, which was an outdated double taxation on business assets. When fully phased in, the elimination of the franchise tax will represent the largest tax relief measure in the state's history. He dedicated himself to defending fair and equitable funding for schools in his district.

Following the 2010 census, Schmitt's district was redrawn, although it is still centered around south central St. Louis County. On February 28, 2012, Schmitt filed for reelection in the 15th district. He will run unopposed in both the primary and general elections in 2012.[4]

Committee Membership[edit]

Schmitt serves on the following legislative committees and statewide commissions:

  • Senate Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and Local Government (Chair)
  • Senate Committee on the Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence (Vice Chair)
  • Senate Committee on Gubernatorial Appointments
  • Senate Committee on Health, Mental Health, Seniors and Families
  • Joint Committee on Administrative Rules
  • Joint Committee on MO Health Net
  • Joint Committee on Missouri's Promise
  • Administrative Law Judge Review Committee
  • Missouri Tourism Commission
  • Quality Jobs Advisory Task Force

Legislative Awards and Other Honors[edit]

Schmitt has won numerous awards for his service, including:

  • 2011 St. Louis County Bar Association Outstanding Young Lawyer
  • 2010 St. Louis Business Journal 40 under 40 class
  • 2010, 2011, and 2012 St. Louis Business Journal Legislative Award
  • 2009, 2010, and 2011 St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association's Lewis and Clark Statesman Award
  • 2011 Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry Spirit of Enterprise Award
  • 2011 Associated Industries of Missouri’s (AIM) Good for Business Award
  • 2010 Homebuilders Association of St. Louis and Eastern Missouri's Legislative Award
  • 2010 Judicial Conference of Missouri Award
  • 2010 Thompson Foundation for Autism's Appreciation Award
  • 2010 Missouri Association of County Development Services President’s Award

Electoral history[edit]

2008 Missouri State Senate - District 15[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Eric Schmitt 51,366 54.7
Democratic James Trout 42,469 45.3

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schmitt, Eric S. (Winter 2000). "There Is No Joy in D.C., The Mighty Court Struck Out: An Analysis of Clinton v. City of New York, The Line Item Veto Act and the Court's Failure to Uphold Constitutionally Legitimate Means to a Viable End". St. Louis University Law Journal 44: 167. 
  2. ^ "Lathrop & Gage LLP Clayton, Missouri Profile". Martindale-Hubbell. Retrieved 2009-04-06. "Eric S. Schmitt (Partner) born St. Louis, Missouri, 1975; admitted to bar, 2000, Missouri and U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri. Education: Truman State University (B.A., cum laude, 1997); St. Louis University (J.D., 2000). Staff Member and Editor, St. Louis University Law Journal. Author: Secretary/ Treasurer and St. Louis County Representative to the Young Lawyers' Section of the Missouri Bar. Alderman in the city of Glendale, Missouri. Member, Board of Trustees for DeSmet Jesuit High School. Volunteer: Habitat for Humanity of St. Louis; TS Alliance. Practice Areas: Litigation; Real Estate; Zoning, Planning and Land Use." 
  3. ^ "Autism Insurance Coverage in Missouri Update: SB 167 survives first round of floor debate in Senate, a few more hurdles lie ahead!". Missouri Autism Coalition. March 23, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-06. 
  4. ^ "Certified Candidate List - State Senator - District 15". Missouri Secretary of State. Retrieved 2012-06-15. 
  5. ^ "State Senator - District 15 - Summary". Missouri Secretary of State. Retrieved 2012-06-15. 

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